For those unfamiliar, la raza is Spanish for “The race.” Meaning, one may presume, Latinos who may be expected to vote for liberal politicians en bloc in large numbers. In other words, 70+ percent for Democrats. This is what just happened two weeks ago, and a lot of my brothers in the Party of Lincoln have their knickers in a twist fretting about how we can “broaden our appeal” to Hispanic voters.
I suggest that the problem with Hispanics is not one of race. It is one of economics, plain and simple. The best analysis on this that I’ve seen is by Steven Malanga at City Journal:
…income is a far better determinant of voting patterns than race is (blacks are an exception, for historical reasons). The voting of ethnic groups evolves significantly as their incomes change. The ancestors of millions of today’s ethnic voters came to America in the great immigration wave of the early twentieth century and voted reliably Democratic for generations. Over the last 30 years or so, their descendants’ voting allegiances shifted significantly. Many were first attracted to the Republican Party by an optimistic presidential candidate who campaigned on a convincing pro-growth agenda. That won over voters in 1980; it would do so today, too.
In political terms, we do not and should not pander to the professional race hustlers (e.g. la Raza). As Bobby Jindal recently said,
[I]f we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly: One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions.
Bobby Jindal is joined by my governor, Bob McDonnell and likely many other cooler heads in our party, when they advise us: don’t panic; don’t change your core beliefs. Just make sure that everyone knows they, too, will benefit from them.
Well, one early contender for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination, Gov. Bobby Jindal, has chimed in